arthritis

Research Reveals Natural Ways to Help Reduce Arthritis Pain

Monday, April 28, 2008 by: Sherry Baker, Health Sciences Editor
Tags: arthritis pain, health news, Natural News

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Cannabis kicks Lyme disease to the curb
Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders
Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more
Monsanto's seed imperialism halted in Canada thanks to massive protests
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Arthritis pain can tempt you to veg out on the couch or even make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. In fact, the last thing you might think would make you feel better is to get up and exercise. But a new study published in the Arthritis Care and Research journal concludes regular exercise is an effective way to significantly improve and manage arthritis pain.

The researchers said the idea that exercise exacerbates arthritis pain is a myth –- instead, exercise eases pain.

According to Patience White, M.D., chief public health officer of the Arthritis Foundation, relatively minor lifestyle changes like taking a 10-minute walk several times a day can improve quality of life as well as help with the management painful arthritis. "Physical activity can actually reduce pain naturally and decrease dependence on pain medications," said Dr. White.

The study measured the effectiveness of the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, developed in 1987, to reduce pain and stiffness and to keep muscles strong and joints flexible. Instead of a highly vigorous work-out, the basic eight-week Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program focuses on low-impact routines with gentle range-of-motion movements that can be performed while sitting or standing.

Study participants reported a decrease in both pain and fatigue, an increase in upper and lower extremity function, and an increase in strength after participating in the basic exercise program. Those who continued to work out independently after the initial supervised eight week program ended showed additional improvement in reduced stiffness.

This is good news for the aging population of U.S. baby boomers looking for a natural drug-free way to help reduce the pain of arthritis. The disorder is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next twenty years, affecting 67 million Americans.

More from arthritis researchers: a study by Oregon State University scientists published in the March edition of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association links rheumatoid arthritis, which is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, to a lower-than-average level of vitamin B-6.

The scientists studied a group of women 55 and older -- 18 had rheumatoid arthritis and 33 were healthy controls. High plasma levels of homocysteine, an amino acid linked to an elevated risk of heart disease, and lower-than-normal B vitamin status were documented in the women with rheumatoid arthritis. The results showed that as vitamin B6 levels in particular plummet and homocysteine levels rise, disability status worsens.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, low dietary intake of vitamin B6 is associated with higher risk of having heart disease –- most likely because vitamin B6, together with vitamin B9 (folic acid) and vitamin B12, help to keep homocysteine levels under control.

Good dietary sources of vitamin B6 include chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, shrimp, lentils, soybeans, nuts, avocados, bananas, carrots, brown rice, bran, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and whole-grain flour.

About the author

Sherry Baker is a widely published writer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Health, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Yoga Journal, Optometry, Atlanta, Arthritis Today, Natural Healing Newsletter, OMNI, UCLA’s "Healthy Years" newsletter, Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s "Focus on Health Aging" newsletter, the Cleveland Clinic’s "Men’s Health Advisor" newsletter and many others.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.